Municipal government

Picente Announces City Government Consolidation Challenge – Oneida Dispatch

UTICA, NY – Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. announced the Oneida County Consolidation Challenge, an incentive program aimed at improving the efficiency of municipal government.

Oneida County will repay twice each municipality’s first-year savings through a one-time incentive payment.

“True long-term consolidation has always been a goal of my administration,” Picente said. “We know it works. It creates effective and efficient services at lower cost, saving taxpayers real money. So I challenge municipalities to take a hard look at what they do and how they do it and make financially sound choices for their ratepayers. The county government is ready to help them achieve these goals.

The program aims to create true government consolidation and will allow local municipalities to create more efficient services, increase efficiency and save taxpayers’ money in the long term.

The app, which can be found at ocgov.net/sites/default/files/planning/PlanPdf/Consolidation_App.pdf, is a simple, one-page app outlining a municipality’s consolidation goals. The incentive will only be paid out at the end of the consolidation.

The Oneida County Planning Department will administer the application and incentive program, working with municipalities throughout the process to identify projects, costs, savings, time, benefits and barriers to consolidation.

“The Picente County Executive knows there is a better way forward for municipalities to deliver services,” Planning Commissioner James Genovese said. “We will help local municipalities use data collection, community engagement, and implementation to complete their application, consolidation, and receive their incentive.”

Picente previously announced and outlined the consolidation challenge in his 2022 county state address.